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The Rainbow Connection: May 3–9

THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL EVENTS (please see below for regular weekly events and announcements)

Men’s Support / Social Group

WHERE: The UP Center, IMC (Suite 102)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

The UP Center is proud to announce that we will be staring an adult men’s social and support group. This group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00–8:30 p.m. starting May 3, 2011.

On the first Tuesday of the month, the group will meet in a social manner for casual discussion, games, and more. On the third Tuesday of each month, the group will meet in a peer support setting where we will have focused discussions on topics such as the coming out process, developing friendships within the community, dating, and more.

This group is geared towards adult men ages 18 and up.

For more information contact Kevin.

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WHAT: (Dis)Locating Queer: A Graduate Conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign

WHERE: Asian American Cultural Center, except Thursday. (See below for details)

WHEN: Thursday–Saturday, May 5–7, 2011

(Dis)locating Queer will be comprised of presentations that queer the analysis of race, region, and sexual diaspora, and which unsettle racial, regional, and diasporic assumptions within queer studies.

Our contributors, from a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, investigate these intersecting lines of inquiry, asking what queer does rather than what “queer” is.


Thursday, May 5

5:00-7:00 p.m., Conference registration (and informal meet and greet).

7:30 p.m., Keynote Address

Eithne Luibhéid“Rethinking ‘Illegal’ Immigration Through Queer Theories.” To be held at Levis Faculty Center, Music Room (2nd floor), located at 919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801

Eithne Luibhéid, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona.


9:00–10:00 p.m., Post Keynote Reception.

Friday, May 6

9:00–10:45 a.m., Panel 1: Disrupting Queer Narratives of Community

11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Panel 2: Unsettling Queer Regions

12:45–1:45 p.m., Lunch (provided by us)

2:00–3:45 p.m., Panel 3: Queering Imperial Encounters

4:00–5:45 p.m., Panel 4: Sexually Dangerous Citizens

Friday Night: An Evening of Performance, featuring Durell Callier (UIUC) and Kareem Khubchandani (Northwestern University)

Saturday Morning Sessions:

9:00–10:45 a.m., Panel 5: Queer Kinship

11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Panel 6: Queer Challenges to “Progress”

WHAT: Biblical Self-Defense for LGBTQ People

WHERE: Champaign Public Library (Robeson Pavilion, Room C)

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

We, at Community United Church of Christ, are excited about the passing of the Civil Union Law in Illinois. Unfortunately, we know that not all people claiming to be Christians will join us in the celebration. But, we want you to know that you are not alone, and we’d like to give you some tools for protecting yourself when people wield the bible against you as a weapon.

Join us for CUCC’s Biblical Self-Defense Workshop. Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser, pastor of Community UCC of Champaign, will lead you through the real meaning behind those verses people wield against gay folks. You’ll be armed with Biblical proof that, in fact, God loves you and made you I God’s own image. Don’t miss this life-changing workshop.

For more information, please contact Dana Major.

WHAT: The Gavin Stolte Project

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 8:30 p.m.

Gavin Stolte Project combines acoustic and electric instruments with heartfelt vocals.

Tickets: Free
Age: 21+

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WHAT: DJ Bundy Mix

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 11:00 p.m.

Another semester down! Celebrate with a FREE party at Emerald City Lounge. DJ Bundy will be spinning all night to kick off your summer right!

Tickets: Free
Age: 21+

WHAT: Queer the Quad

WHERE: University of Illinois Quad (or anywhere on campus)

WHEN: Monday, May 9, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Act “gay” in this hour. Whether you are queer or not, hold hands, put your arm around, and/or flirt with members of the same sex or people who are genderqueer during lunch time.

Why are we doing this? Some students are shy and/or worried about showing affection for their significant other. One of these students came up to Colors of Pride and said that she’s scared and nervous to hold her girlfriend’s hand on campus because she never sees any other gay couples do it.

Also, we will be selling shirts that have pictures of couples (one is two men, the other is two women, and the third is a man with a woman) holding hands. It’s basically this design but with spray paint. We’ll be selling those for $3–4 (depending on cost of the supplies … we’re not looking for a profit).

If you have any questions, email Nirali. I hope to see you there!

WHAT: Talk it UP

WHERE: The UP Center, IMC (Suite 102)

WHEN: Monday, May 9, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Talk it UP is a peer-run LGBTQ support group for middle and high-school youth. LGBTQ youth can expect an atmosphere of acceptance, support, and confidentiality while meeting other LGBTQ youth. The group is co-facilitated by two UP Center board members (one teacher, one social worker); however the group is led by the youth participants.

Snacks are provided.

For more information, please contact Christina.


Hosted by Excel Campus Ministry.

Rainbow Coffeehouse offers a welcoming, open environment to LGBT and Ally communities to socialize. Whether you’re here for a meeting, with friends or to study, we welcome all!

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

WHERE: Green Street Center
                24 E. Green St., Suite 14

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Mpowerment is a local social and HIV prevention group for young gay/bisexual men. Meetings are open to all young gay and bisexual men interested in becoming involved.

For more information, please contact Carrie Keenan.

WHAT: eQuality C-U Meeting

WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse at the Wesley Foundation

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

eQuality C-U is an LGBTQ activist group for students and community members. If you’re interested in helping in the struggle for LGBT liberation and equal rights for all, then this is a group for you!

For more information, please contact: John Kenealy.

WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

WHERE: Green Street Center
                24 E. Green St., Suite 14

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

B II B is a social group for young men of color who have sexual or loving relationships with other men. The goal is to create a strong positive and healthy community for men of color in Champaign-Urbana.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: Coming Out Support Group

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 317)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Coming Out Support Group is a safe, informal space for U of I students to listen, discuss, and learn about aspects of identity and coming out. It is open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, and those who do not choose to label themselves.

This is a confidential space; we always respect your privacy.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 9:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys Night Out at Boltini Lounge.

  • DJ Randall Ellison at the decks.
  • FREE candy and condoms
  • $4.00 X-Boyfriend & Well Hung martinis; $9.00 carafe Long Island Iced Tea; $1.50 Miller High Life bottles; $5.00 Classic & Baby Mama Bellinis
  • Half price food specials (4:00–6:30 p.m. only)

WHAT: Among Women: A Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and Questioning Female Women

WHERE: Please email for location

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

We are: an informal support group made up of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women students; a place to meet other women who share your concerns and to form or broaden your social support network; an opportunity to decrease the alienation and isolation of being a lesbian or bisexual woman in a majority heterosexual environment; and a great chance to exchange ideas, experiences, and opinions. Among Women is open to all graduate and undergraduate students.

For more information, please contact: Allie.

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, May 9–10, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Every Monday, DJ SorceryKid crafts a continuous audio-visual mixshow of the latest and the greatest in dark alternative and underground dance music.

Doors: 9:00 p.m.
Cover: $2.00
Age: 19+

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Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive list of all LGBTQ events in our community. Please always feel free to email me or post other events/updates/corrections in the comments.

Except on rare occasions, all language is taken directly from event pages and websites, and only minimally edited. If I attempted to write this myself, I’d never get it done.

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